Steve Bowden

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Steve Bowden
Personal information
Full name Steve Bowden
Born (1955-05-27) 27 May 1955 (age 61)
Playing information
Position Prop
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1978–82 Newtown Jets 76 15 0 0 45
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1981 New South Wales 1 0 0 0 0
Source: Rugby League Project and Yesterday's Hero

Steve Bowden (born 27 May 1955) is a former professional rugby league player for the Newtown Jets in the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) competition. Bowden primarily played in the front row.

Career[edit]

Bowden was selected in 1981 to represent New South Wales as a front-rower for the only State of Origin-designated game of the year.[1] In that match, Bowden was sin-binned along with Queenslander Rod Morris after an all-in brawl.

Another fight cost Bowden a spot in the 1981 Grand Final. In the first few minutes of the major semi-final against Manly-Warringah, Bowden was involved in a fight with Manly's Kiwi prop Mark Broadhurst. A scrum devolved into an all-in brawl with Bowden and Broadhurst throwing punches like prize fighters. A head-butt from Bowden felled Broadhurst and Bowden continued to punch his face while he was on the ground. After the fight was broken up, Bowden again landed a head-butt on an already bloodied Broadhurst (who also had a broken cheekbone) and the fight started a second time. When order was finally restored the referee sent Bowden from the field and actually gave Newtown a penalty. Bowden was subsequently suspended and unable to take part in the Preliminary final against Eastern Suburbs, or the clubs final ever first grade Grand Final appearance against Parramatta.[2] Leading television commentator and former dual international Rex Mossop called it "The most frantic opening to a rugby league match I've seen in 35 years"'.

Bowden currently works security for world champion boxer Danny Green. Bowden now owns and operates the Hurstville Ritz Hotel in Sydney.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State Of Origin – Game 1, 1981". Rugby League Tables. Retrieved 27 November 2007. 
  2. ^ "Grand Final top five: Suspensions". The Sydney Morning Herald. 28 September 2004. Retrieved 27 November 2007. 
  3. ^ "Newtown draw inspiration from past greats for Sunday's Grand Final". Newtown Jets. 28 September 2006. Retrieved 27 November 2007.